So last week was Spring Break in our area. Right now our two boys’ school schedules dictate our lives. Soon (too soon), one will graduate and he will develop a different rhythm to his life. We don’t always plan something for Spring Break, but this year the boys asked for a skiing/snowboarding trip.
You may remember a few years ago when our family made a risky move and opted for no presents at Christmas in exchange for a family cruise a few days later. This time, it was the boys’ idea to give up Christmas gifts in return for an experience together. (Pardon me while I wipe a little tear from this weary but hopeful mama’s eye…)
Here’s the thing, though – I don’t ski like our younger son or snowboard like my husband and our older son. At the time the trip was planned, I was still working almost full-time, plus consulting on the side. I didn’t want to give up vacation time for a vacation I wasn’t really going to enjoy.
So I opted to stay home by myself.
Crazy, isn’t it? Even after I quit my job and found myself with an open schedule, I decided to stay home. My husband still thinks I’m a little bit soft in the head.
But (can I get a witness?) five days of staying at home alone with no one to cook for, no schedule, no demands – doesn’t that sound eerily similar to the definition of paradise?
Here’s what I learned from the experience:
- I ate more vegetables during those five days than my family usually eats in a month.
- Blasting music while you’re spring cleaning is a must.
- I loved having extra time to read God’s Word and talk with Him before starting my day.
- Even though I can rest, I don’t often take the opportunity to do so. Even these five days I ended up filling with activity.
- It’s way better to drink wine with someone than alone.
- You can get a lot of work done when there are no distractions.
- Time alone was wonderful, but time with my family is even more wonderful.
I took some time to separate myself from my normal routine and circumstances. As a result, I was refreshed and had a new perspective on so many things that crowd my normal days. I would make some changes when I do it again (like not creating a to-do list that was literally 3 typed pages long…), but I will do it again. Spring Break may have been a little abnormal this year, but it was still incredible.
What can you do this week to step away from your normal?